If you're planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, make sure you don't swear while you are there because it could cost you money.

I've been to Myrtle Beach for vacation three times. It's a fun place.

The last time I went there, I actually flew out of Rockford on Hooter's Air.

Since a lot of stateline residents like to travel there, especially golfers, I thought I better share this information.

According to myrtlebeachonline.com,

"Those who get caught publicly using profanity in the City of Myrtle Beach could be taken to jail or issued a citation."

How is this possible?

"The lewd, obscene and profane language ordinance — a misdemeanor — falls under the city’s disorderly conduct offense."

The ordinance states...

"The charge factors in context — using the unlawful language toward another person — and the language being said in public places."

Now before you start freaking out, there is a method to their madness.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department feels that if you're using this type of language towards someone else, you're provoking violence.

That makes sense. Fights usually start with words before the fists start flying.

The average fine for "swearing" is $77.

In 2017, the city issued almost 300 tickets and collected over $22,000. The money is put into the city's general fund.

Hopefully, the state of Illinois won't find out about this law.


 

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